LOOK: Duterte sends ex-wife flowers, cake on Valentine’s Day

Pia Ranada
LOOK: Duterte sends ex-wife flowers, cake on Valentine’s Day
Despite his busy first year as Chief Executive, President Rodrigo Duterte does not forget to keep his February 14 tradition: sending gifts to ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman

MANILA, Philippines – His first year as President of the Philippines did not prevent Rodrigo Duterte from keeping his Valentine’s Day tradition: sending flowers and a cake to former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman.

The President sent Zimmerman, the mother of 3 of his children, a bouquet of red roses and a heart-shaped red cake both bearing the message, “Elizabeth, Happy Valentine. Love, Rodrigo.”

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the President’s only daughter with Zimmerman, said that while they do not see their father on Valentine’s Day, he has never failed to send gifts to her mother.

“Yes, every year. But Mama said he sent a smaller cake this year,” Mayor Duterte told Rappler.

ROSES ARE RED. The President sends a bouquet of flowers to Elizabeth Zimmerman. Photo from Mayor Sara Duterte

In 2016, despite being in the middle of his presidential campaign, the older Duterte sent Zimmerman flowers and a cake.

Aside from Sara, the other children of Duterte and Zimmerman are Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo, and Sebastian. While their marriage was annulled in 2000, Duterte and Zimmerman remain on good terms.

The President spent his February 14 in the company of his second family, common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña and their 12-year-old daughter Veronica.

He retreated with them to his rest house in the countryside, Barangay Carmen in Davao City. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.